I See Her

Original Text: 
All the Poems of John Robert Colombo (Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2005): III: 762.
1I see her stalking the fashion section of the mall,
2Her attire and apparel revealing, suggestive.
3I say see her because that is all I am doing.
4I stare, without ogling her, without knowing her.
5Yet there is a sense in which I do know her, or at least a portion of her.
6She is dressed to kill, as women are wont to say,
7In the same breath as they are given to exclaiming:
8"It's to kill for ...." or "It's to die for ...."
9Infelicitous phrases, obnoxious meanings.
10So I prefer to express it otherwise.
11She is dressed to be bought.
12I imagine the purchase being made with singleness of purpose:
14If by the female, for the reason of her wiles.
15Yes, dressed to be bought.


13] of: supplied by the editor. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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"I See Her" from <i>All the Poems of John Robert Colombo</i>, &copy; 2005 by John Robert Colombo. Reprinted by permission of the author.